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HESTER BATEMAN. An extremely rare George III Drapery Balloon Teapot made in London in 1780 by Hester Bateman.


The Teapot is modelled in the Neo Classical tradition and stands on a circular pedestal foot decorated with beading, vertical pails and a band of blue bell head motifs. The very unusual balloon shaped main body is decorated, on the lower section, with a wide band of acanthus spears and the upper section with raised drapery swags, tied with ribbons. The front of the teapot displays a most unusual oval bluebell drop cartouche containing a flower head, with tassels below. The reverse displays an identical vacant cartouche. The unusual cast, fluted, spout is decorated with leaf capping and foliate motifs and the fruit wood handle is attached to the main body with leaf capped and Rococo shell mouldings. The unusual high domed pull off cover is also decorated with acanthus spears and terminates in a detailed Classical urn finial.

Length, handle to spout: 10.45 inches, 26.13cm.

Height: 9 inches, 22.5cm.

Weight: 23oz.